Adaptive Recreation

Adaptive Recreation & Learning Exchange

The City of Edina believes that each person has the right to participate in the activities of his or her choice. For residents with disabilities, the City offers a variety of adaptive recreation programs. In addition, the City offers support in general recreation programs through inclusion.

For more than 25 years, the Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange (AR&LE) has been providing options for people with disabilities to participate in programs and activities that are specifically designed to meet their diverse needs.

Adaptive Recreation Programs

The cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield each have programs that are specifically designed for people with disabilities of all ages. These programs include:
  • Softball
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Fitness programs
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Social activities for both youths and adults

Learning Exchange Classes

The school districts of Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie and Richfield Community Education Adults with Disabilities programs are working together to offer customized classes for adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Classes include:
  • Cooking
  • Health and fitness
  • Independent living skills
  • Leisure learning activities


Individuals with disabilities need to fill out a participant profile (PDF). The participant profile information is shared with program staff so that they can be aware of any health, medical and special needs issues that pertain to the participant. Individuals who wish to provide support or work with the participants must complete a professional profile. In order to be on the AR&LE mailing list, complete a profile and return it.


A successful inclusion experience involves several steps, including individual and environmental assessment, staff training and activity adaptations. To ensure a positive experience and the accommodation of individual needs in a park and recreation program, please call the adaptive recreation supervisor at 952-826-0433 at least four weeks before a program starts.

To see the latest AR&LE offering please check out the AR&LE website. To register for a program in Edina please click here.